For years, we’ve been told how any number of variants of the famed Mediterranean Diet could help us live longer with healthier hearts. If you cut up all the articles in consumer and lifestyle magazines (not to mention weekend supplements) and piled them on top of each other, they could very well stretch the moon or possibly Uranus. But now news emerges of another health secret from the same part of the world! And while we’d argue that gay massage can play a vital role in human longevity, we’d also suggest taking a look at this new discovery. Scientists have identified at least one of the reasons why people living in out-of-the-way, rustic Greek villages tend to live longer, despite consuming a diet full of animal fat and cheese. What’s more, despite these ingredients featuring in a big way on their dinner tables, they tend not to be afflicted by cardiovascular disease at all.
The research was carried out by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and published by Nature Communications. The researchers were keen to know just what it was that protected these villagers from the ravages of the heart suffered by so many of us in the rest of the West. The villages off Anogia and Zoniana are situated at high altitudes on the island of Crete. And it turns out that these tough mountain people are protected by a new genetic variant, allowing them to gobble lamb and Cretan cheese to their hearts’ content without risking strokes or heart attacks. They even host a cheese festival annually. Their diet would, at least in the UK and elsewhere, be a surefire recipe for heart trouble. Saturated fats mean an increase in cholesterol in the blog and lots of LDL (low density lipoprotein), all of which adds up to increased chances of disease and stroke.
The genetic variant discovered by the scientists appears, alas, to be exclusive to these two villages. So far, only one person outside the villages (a research subject in Italy) has been discovered to possess the genetic variant. However, scientists can use this new discovery to help us get a better understanding of the role genetic variants play in causing or safeguarding against common but complex diseases.
There is still much to be discovered. Currently, other researchers and scientists are looking into additional isolation populations, such as the Amish in the USA and the Inuits in Greenland. Also of interest to them are the Orkney Island people in Scotland. We will have to wait to see if further genetic variations come to light. In the meantime, you can tackle the harmful effects of stress hormones on your body by making sure you’ve got some gay massage in the diary. Why not make it a weekly or fortnightly form of self-care?